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Weather wreaks havoc on hockey playoffs


A handful of playoff games in three local hockey circuits were postponed as a result of the hurricane force winds that walloped the Avalon Peninsula over the weekend.

The opening games of the Newfoundland and Labrador Major Midget Hockey League — scheduled for Saturday night and Sunday morning at the Glacier in Mount Pearl — were both cancelled due to weather conditions and power outages.

No rescheduled dates have been announced for the best-of-seven series which resumes next weekend with three games at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts.

The St. John’s Junior Hockey League only lost one game from its best-of-seven semifinal round — Saturday’s series opener between the Avalon Roebothan McKay Marshall Capitals and the St. John’s Cowan Heights Dental Caps at Twin Rinks.

With the postponement, Thursday’s game at Twin Rinks will count as Game 1.

The other semifinal, featuring the Trinity-Placentia I.J Smith Home Building Centre Flyers and top-seeded Southern Shore C&W Offshore Breakers, saw both games completed with each team collecting a win at home.

Sunday at Whitbourne Stadium, Conner Stevens scored twice, Tyler Whittle and Conal McNamara had one to lead the Flyers to a 4-3 win. Liam Hynes, with two, and Donovan Warren replied for the Breakers.

In Game 1 on Friday at the Southern Shore Arena, Peter Kavanagh and Blake Dalton each had two goals and a helper in a 9-4 Breakers win. Matt Templeman, Mitchell O’Driscoll, Warran, A.J. Doyle, and Shayne Kavanagh also scored for the Shore. Whittle, McNamara, Matt Hanson and Dakota Warren had the Flyers’ markers.

Game 3 is Friday night in Mobile.

Finally, Game 5 of the Avalon East Senior Hockey League best-of-seven final between the Tapper’s Northeast Eagles and Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises CeeBee Stars was postponed on Saturday night.

In Game 4 on Friday at the Jack Byrne Arena, Chris Sparkes’ power play goal midway through the third period ended up as the winner as the Eagles evened up the series at two games apiece with 4-3 win over the visiting CeeBees.

Sean Wadden, Chis Mooney and Dan Cadigan also tallied and Mark Chaplin had two helpers. Andrew Fenwick, Matthew Thomey and Sam Roberts replied for the CeeBees with Colin Feehan assisting on all three.

Mark Yetman was peppered with 56 shots in the win while A.J. Whiffen saw 30 in the CeeBees’ crease.

A makeup date is expected be announced soon.

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